Dimmel's Dale

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Dimmel's Dale

Dimmel's Dale lies in the Golden Valley and in area of species-rich unimproved grassland on a west-facing slope, with semi-natural ancient woodland at the top of the bank, and a brook at the bottom adding to the habitats found.

Wildflowers bloom throughout from cowslips in early Spring to devils-bit scabious well into autumn.

Explore this reserve on its own for a gentle stroll, or go for a longer hike throughout the Golden Valley starting at Dimmel's Dale and going on to discover other reserves including Daneway Banks.

Location

The reserve lies immediately East of the village of Chalford.
GL6 8DZ (closest)
SO 90283 02681
Chalford
Gloucestershire
GL6 8DZ

OS Map Reference

90283 02681
A static map of Dimmel's Dale

Know before you go

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Public Right of Way allows views throughout reserve and link to wider circular walks in the Golden Valley.

Access

Tracks through the grassland. Moderate in places. Can become very slippery in prolonged wet weather.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

All year round.

About the reserve

The species rich grassland supports:

  • common spotted orchid
  • yellow wort
  • dyers greenweed
  • common restharrow
  • common rock rose

Yellow meadow anthills are found throughout, and if lucky, you may see a green woodpecker digging holes with its bill to get to the ants inside.

Due to the west facing slope, parts of the grassland are damper and support an abundance of betony and devils-bit scabious.

Butterflies thrive including marbled white, gatekeeper and common blue.

The semi-natural woodland contains oak, beech, hazel, ash, holly and whitebeam. nuthatches, tawny owls and great spotted woodpeckers are commonly seen. Amongst the dense areas of scrub, bullfinches can be heard calling.

Along the brook, grey wagtails and dippers are regularly seen, along with orange tip and green-veined white butterflies.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333

Environmental designation

Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)

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The purchase of Dimmel’s Dale in February 2019 was made possible by a donation left in memory of David Harman and his love for the outdoors, by his wife Jane.